Sabio on Main

4.4
258 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Seasonal California Cuisine crafted with locally sourced, organic and sustainably grown ingredients from Executive Chef & Partner Francis X. Hogan. A Wine Spectator award winning wine list and imaginative cocktails perfectly complement the inspired dishes. In the heart of historic downtown Pleasanton, the interior reflects a modern European feeling with an expansive wine wall and open kitchen surrounded by warm, Spanish themed tiles.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Global, International, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(925) 800-3090
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Francis X. Hogan
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Catering
THROWING A BIG PARTY? Bring the Sabio experience to your event. Customized menus, wine and craft cocktails, and the sublime Sabio service – all delivered to your doorstep. Contact our catering concierge to make your next event amazing.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rose Ave.
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Parking details
Plentiful street parking in downtown Pleasanton.
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Named by Diablo Magazine new restaurant winner, our distinctly welcoming spaces, a menu inspired by locally sourced ingredients and a Wine Spectator awarded wine list, will pair perfectly with your special event.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Pleasanton, Sabio on Main combines spirited contemporary ambiance, a meticulous respect for the bounty of Northern California and a decidedly modern take on the tapas concept.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
258 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
55%
Very Good
33%
Good
8%
Fair
1%
Poor
2%
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was pretty good (wish there were descriptions available on the menu & guess something left to be desired if no photos of dish can be found online for the Monte Cristo). However service was a little off...guess since they just opened the bartender was our server as well & we were jokingly giving him the benefit of the doubt that he had worked the night before. He told us our frittata was on its way but we had ordered a Monte Cristo & when I asked about the sweet & savory options for the Dutch Baby Pancakes (since they were not listed on the menu) his response was as if I did not know the difference between the two. He said sweet would be “chocolate and drizzled with maple syrup” and salty would “be like pork ham on top”. 😐 I ordered the sweet & it was actually Nutella with bananas & roasted almonds (luckily I’m not allergic to nuts or not a lover of bananas). Also, we noticed all of the tables that were seated after us were offered their choice of water but we were given good ol’ tap (which was fine). We’d like to come back to try other items but hopefully we’ll have a better customer service experience.

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4.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was delicious. They did say they are about to change to a traditional menu versus the Tapas. I hope hey keep the Ribeye and the Cauliflower on their new menu. It was my first time there but I will definitely go back. I

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BF
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

It was a great find for our anniversary dinner. We just moved back from Europe and it was a nice "bring me back to Spain" with the tapas and sparkling water! Although it was not quite tapas in Spain, the food were delicious! We ordered 5 different things on the menu. We actually liked the Asian fusion infused in the food! Overall, it was a delightful experience.

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Boise
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Stephanie the bartender also waited on us. Food was superb, and service was excellent. This was our second time here and us already on of our favorite go-to places.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Everything about this restaurant is excellent. We were very happy with the service. Particularly enjoyed the deviled egg, and the halibut.

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Awesome food and drinks

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JL
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Took my son there for an "early Father's Day" brunch WITH his 7 month old son and everyone on the staff was extremely accommodating and attentive. The food was great and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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K
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Awesome. We love it.

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San Francisco
2.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

I have been to Sabio many times over the last 6 months .Seems their Menu has only a few new items .Service can improve - for sure .
Meat orders usually they would ask you if you want yours well done or otherwise we got our straight just cooked on the top .

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KL
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

We went for our 2nd year wedding anniversary. The food was outstanding and they even created a tasting menu for our special occasion. We really enjoyed it and the service was great too.

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Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

I really enjoy a tasting menu and to have one in downtown Pleasanton is a treat. I requested a vegan menu and they were happy to accommodate (one week ahead). The food was delicious and my meal was as beautiful and satisfying as my husbands non vegan tasting. The wine pairings were perfect and Brandon in the bar was very informative. The homemade sourdough had such a nice crunch whether with my avocado mouse or the pork belly BLT. The tapas style allows for many enjoyable courses, cheese and deserts. You won’t leave hungry!

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

I loved the decor. The food was excellent, unusual dishes. Service very good and they were very friendly. Only one drawback, everyone's food comes out at different times. They do tell you this upfront. This could possibly keep me from going back other than for Happy Hour!

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

It was perfect from start to finish!

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San Diego
3.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

I have been to the restaurant for times. Two times have been really great. The other two times have not been so great. I wish the service was as consistently good as the food, wine and cocktails.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent food and a friendly attentive staff. Good wine selection and outdoor seating.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day set brunch

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

fun, great food! the setting is lit 😩 totally go back— but the food is really expensive. Bang for your buck though- unfortunately it won’t give you a traditional tapas feel. Something more modern.

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MG
4.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

We got greeted by delightful presented chorizo toast. What heaven that first bite was. The thin sliced chorizo, like a lonely cloud on a Sunday morning sky, resting gently between the avocado below and then…an egg on top! The most playful little egg! I mean... what an experience that was... a celebration of flavors mingling together like a pas de deux.

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

Not sure about all the food since the waitress removed all our plates without asking if we wanted to order another item. I am also not too happy about our first round of drinks taking so long to arrive at our table. We were able to order potatoes fried in duck fat and a brioche grill cheese sandwich and both were good. I could not express my opinion about anything else since our plates were removed!!!!!!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

As always it was an exceptional experience.

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c
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

We were there for 45 minutes and still had only received two of the happy hour items we ordered. The kitchen pretty muched sucked that night. However, I would still recommend this place because the food is really good, that is when it actually makes it to the table.

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AL
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 18, 2018

We had previously joined for a mother's day set menu and wasn't very impressed. We ended up coming back with some friends to try the full tapas style menu and we're surprised!

The dishes were unique and we'll executed! Everything was delicious; we ordered a bottle of wine to share which was great - the description was on point!

Our friends loved it, and we left with some favorites! We definitely recommend Sabio and already want to come back for the tasting menu!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

It's been awhile since we dined here. We were so happy to see so many new flavors on the menu. I loved the miso halibut. Our friends devoured the togarashi chips. Everyone loved the asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. The salt cod beignets and karaage pork were creative and very tasty. Even though we were stuffed, we were still able to eat dessert. The ice cream carrot cake was a hit! We also consumed the chocolate pot de creme and the lemon donuts, all washed down with some good black coffee. Always a great restaurant destination with friends. Great craft cocktails, beer on tap, as well as wine and scotch. They have it all!

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BE
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the decor, empanadas are yummy, octopus and pork belly are delicious!!

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 4, 2018

Outstanding food and wines. Expensive but worth it

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was slow for their Sunday Easter brunch. Our server was robotic. Food was good but not memorable.

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1.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

Made credit card secured reservation for 11:00am. Restaurant was only 1/4 full. Seated on time. Prix fixe Easter brunch menu. Server did poor job explaining the menu and couldn’t explain main ingredients in each dish. Drinks arrived quickly but that’s where it ended. First course salads arrived after 20 minutes and main course one hour after we arrived. My wife’s order and mine arrived and was told my daughters was coming right up. Had to flag down server to get her order 10 minutes later. Bartender (no customers at bar) realizing how bad things were jumped in to check on us and offer coffee. Food was good but service was horrible and some serious problems in the kitchen. Other guest also visibly upset. One hour and 45 minutes later finally finished and restaurant was never more than half full. Food was good but service and price will keep us away for good.

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San Diego
5.0
Dined on March 28, 2018

Awesome food and service

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 27, 2018

My fiancé and I went on an early week date. It was good food, great wine and a wonderful ambiance.

We will return with time to enjoy the chefs dinner.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 25, 2018

Amazing experience all the way. Highly recommended.

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San Francisco
1.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Overall bad experience. We had the worst table in the place and there were plenty of open tables when we arrived. We asked to move and they said no. We made the reservation weeks ago, It’s not like we walked in that night and asked for the best table in the place. Food was decent but the service was bad. They seemed to forget about us. We had empty drinks, empty water glasses quite often.

Wine menu is overpriced, food is overpriced.

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d
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

I've been here on a few occasions. Each time the food was very good. The wine list and recommendations have been spot on. The patio is perfect for a warm summer evening.
The restaurant is a bit loud if you're looking for a quiet place for dinner.
I'd recommend reservations as they get busy! Worth a visit!

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Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on March 20, 2018

Amazing varieties all over the menu, surely something for everyone in your party. The veggies were outstanding, you can really taste the freshness, the uniqueness of eating real food with real people.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 18, 2018

I’ve been to Sabio multiple times and they never let me down on the food quality. The potato chips with black garlic aioli dip is always a good snack for cocktail or the first glass of wine. My usual favorite for appetizers are the devil eggs (too with smoke salmon and caviar) and the cauliflower. Entree wise you got to try a pork dish. They made pork in various way but everyone I tried was spectacular. If they offer pork belly that night, go for it!

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Central Coast
3.0
Dined on March 12, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday. The outdoor dining was chilly as they were never able to get our heater working. We didn’t seem to have one server so it took a bit of time between seeing a server. The food came out in a strange order. We have been here quite often but they seemed to be having a bad night. We will go again but not on a Sunday night!

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on March 12, 2018

The Brussel sprout salad was too sour with vinagrette dressing.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 10, 2018

Like the ambience and food was good. Sat outside and took forever to get service, needing to flag someone down just to get water. After that though the service was good and attentive. Overall pleasant and would return.

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Detroit
5.0
Dined on March 9, 2018

The experience was great from start to finish. Our server was excellent in giving us recommendations and explaining the menu. The food was excellent with great flavor. The butternut squash soup is the best I have ever had. Truly just a great experience. Plan on coming back soon.

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RV
2.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

They ran out of a dish that we ordered and had to order something else. Too expensive for the size portion. All show. Too noisy and not very accommodating. Bad experience ever for a restaurant charging for a 5 sttasr dish and getting a 2 sta r dish.

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DL
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on February 24, 2018

We came here months ago, because the ratings/comments looked good. There were four of us and none of us finished our meals or took leftovers home. Don't need to say anymore.

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